Atypical addition to downtown

Atypical Brewery & Barrelworks opens taste room in downtown Minot

Atypical’s Ashley Cutler fills a growler with P-51 Pilsner during the grand opening festivities Friday evening in downtown Minot. P-51 Pilsner was one of the brew featured at the Ale From Above event held at the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot on Thursday. Ashton Gerard/MDN

Almost a year ago, Atypical Brewery & Barrelworks shared their beer for the first time with the people of Minot in their courtyard space at their brewery located at 510 E. Central Avenue.

Their beer was then available at various locations around Minot for the public to enjoy while they were hard at work finishing their taste room.

This weekend the crew opened their taste room to the public with a weekend filled with live music, food, fun and funky brews.

The weekend started on Thursday as Atypical’s brewers, Eric Johnson and Nick Holwegner, had created two brews specifically for the Dakota Territory Air Museum’s 75th anniversary of D-Day event. Their two brews, the Parachute Porter with vanilla and the P-51 Pilsner, were strapped onto a P-51 Mustang and flown over Minot.

“It feels like there was a plane of our beer flying overhead and it feels like the crowd drank a planes worth of beer and it feels really good,” Holwegner said during their grand opening festivities on Friday. “It feels amazing.”

Atypical’s taste room features vaulted ceilings and custom woodwork from co-owner Brady Dixon of BAD Creations. Ashton Gerard/MDN

After an epic kick-off with the air museum, the Atypical boys celebrated their grand opening downtown with live music Thursday from local bands Marigold and Soulshine.

The grand opening also featured a creatively colorful selfie booth designed by the hands of Chase Locke, an artist based out of Los Angeles and Minot native who celebrated the opening of his art exhibition “Arcane” at the Table Museum of Art. Locke’s art will be on display until July 19.

Friday evening featured performances from Minot’s Chris Basden followed by Wild Hands. The weekend had a steady supply of food from Straight Concessions.

The weekend was capped on Saturday with a corn hole tournament from Game Day Games in Minot set up in their courtyard.

“Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of it and came out to support us,” Johnson said.

Atypical’s taste room features vaulted ceilings and custom woodwork from co-owner Brady Dixon of BAD Creations. Ashton Gerard/MDN

Holwegner added: “We’ve had so much help from family, friends and even strangers and everyone is super supportive and we’re very grateful for that.”

With beer flowing, it’s hard not to appreciate the work of fellow co-owners Dylan Davis and Brady Dixon.

Davis had owned the property that is now the brewery and had been asked for years what it would be turned into.

“I think it’s great the property is actually being utilized for something and contributing to downtown,” he said. “I always wanted to do something with the property, but I wanted to do the right thing. I think this, not just the brewery but with Nick and Eric’s style and Brady’s woodworking style, all just compliment each other and contribute to this and perfectly suits the building.”

Dixon led the charge on restoring the building, which was originally a Westland Oil filling station built in 1929. Dixon’s woodworking with BAD Creations transformed the filling station into a beautiful taste room that plays into the Scandinavian heritage of the area.

“It’s been a lot of work, but the building itself has a good structure to it,” Dixon explained. “Really we just had to change out some plumbing and move things around to where they needed to be and pretty it up again.”

With a lot of planning and design, Dixon is proud of the finished results of the tasting room. But the work isn’t over yet, as they plan to expand into the garage for more space to brew.

After the grand opening weekend, Johnson says the crew plans to be open Tuesday through Saturday with hours from 4-10 p.m.

“Or whenever people want to leave,” Johnson said with a laugh.

To stay up to date on all things Atypical, visit their Facebook page @AtypicalBrew.

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